Gyeonggi Province

province in South Korea

Gyeonggi-do (Korean: 경기도) is the province in which the most people live in South Korea. Over 12 million people live in it.[1] Its provincial capital is Suwon. Its name, Gyeonggi, means 'surrounding the capital' and it surrounds Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is also next to Incheon.

Gyeonggi-do
경기도
Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised RomanizationGyeonggi-do
 • McCune‑ReischauerKyŏnggido
Flag of Gyeonggi-do
Official logo of Gyeonggi-do
Location of Gyeonggi-do
Coordinates: 37°30′N 127°15′E / 37.500°N 127.250°E / 37.500; 127.250Coordinates: 37°30′N 127°15′E / 37.500°N 127.250°E / 37.500; 127.250
CountrySouth Korea
RegionSeoul Capital
CapitalSuwon
Subdivisions28 cities; 3 counties
Government
 • GovernorKim Dong-yeon
(Democratic)
 • LegislatureGyeonggi Assembly
Area
 • Total10,184 km2 (3,932 sq mi)
Area rank5th
Population
 (Nov. 2020)
 • Total13,413,459
 • Rank1st
 • Density1,170.6/km2 (3,032/sq mi)
Provincial symbols
 • FlowerForsythia
 • TreeGinkgo
 • BirdDove
ISO 3166 codeKR-41
DialectGyeonggi
BlogOfficial blog
WebsiteOfficial website (in English)

HistoryEdit

Gyeonggi-do has been important since King Onjo of Baekje (one of the three kingdoms of ancient Korea) built Wiryeseong and founded the government in it. After King Taejo of Goryeo made the capital in Gaegyeong, (now Kaesong), the province became much more important, and since King Hyeonjong's period it has been called Gyeonggi.

PopulationEdit

Gyeonggi-do's population increased rapidly after the modernization of South Korea because the capital, Seoul, the economic and cultural center of South Korea, is very close to it. Now the population of Gyeonggi-do is 12,649,894.

DistrictsEdit

Gyeonggi province consists of 28 cities and 3 counties.

TransportEdit

Gyeonggi Province's transport is well-developed because it is very close to Seoul—South Korea's capital—and Incheon, where Korea's biggest international airport is located. It is easy to access the capital and easy to go abroad by plane. Much of Gyeonggi Province is served by the Seoul Metropolitan Subway.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Congratulatory Letter for the new Governor of Gyeonggi Province, Korea" (PDF). tiq.qld.gov.au. Trade & Investment Queensland, Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 March 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.

Other websitesEdit